Last night, Mat Latos looked like he was headed for the Disgraceful List.  He didn’t fool anyone.  I didn’t say he didn’t fool any hitters because he was facing the Braves, they don’t have any hitters besides Freeman.  After giving up seven runs, he didn’t get out of the first inning, replaced by Brad Hand.  Here’s some tweets Dallas Latos wanted to write, “Keep pitching like that and Hand will replace me too.”  “My third collagen injection blew up less than you.”  “I knew I should’ve slept with Cueto.”  In the preseason, I should’ve dropped Latos in my rankings when Rudy wrote his warnings.  I screwed up.  I did mention last week about staying away from him, but it was likely too little, too Latos for most of you.  I think you could likely sell very low right now — like for a Brain Freeze closer — and still be happy just to get Latos off your team because he looks like Latoast.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Alex Wood – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Things were hairy in the first when he loaded the bases with one out, but got out of it, then he gave up two runs to the bottom of the Marlins’ order in the fifth, but when compared to his opponent, Latos, he looked like Bob Feller throwing a pitch faster than a UFO.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Hey, that was my UFO!

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI as he hits out of the three hole and he had a steal the game before.  Kind of player that bores you to tears in mixed leagues, but is very valuable in NL-Only leagues as he collects counting stats.

Eric Young Jr. – 1-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  Unfortch, I don’t own EY in any leagues, but I love him for some cheap speed.  SAGNOF!

Steve Cishek – 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Kazaam!

Koji Uehara – About a week away.  Yesterday, he threw a simulated game.  He sat on a couch with an Oculus Rift headset and simulated throwing while Sandoval sat next to him and ate his guacamole.

Alex Cobb – Played catch and said he had ‘the best day yet.’  Must’ve played catch at the Playboy Mansion.

James Loney – Scratched with a tweaked side.  The Rays had the depth to handle this by playing some Guyer at DH.

Brandon Guyer – 0-for-4.  Hey, it’s that Guyer!  Guess where Kevin Cash hit Guyer in the lineup last night after being a last-minute addition with Loney getting hurt.  Go ahead, guess!  I’ll wait.  *taps finger, scratches chin, farts, realizes that wasn’t a fart, heads to the bedroom, changes shorts, returns*  He hit him lead off!  “There’s a recession on smarts” is Cash’s tag line.

Nate Karns – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Still better than Latos!

Logan Forsythe – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  How’s that 49th round NFBC draft pick look now?!  Still not good, but I’ll take the homer.  By the by, Forsythe played first yesterday after Loney was injured.  Forsythe had played 1st once before in 339 career games.  Someone sign Kevin Cash up for Groundlings.  That man can improvise!  “Okay, we need a color and an activity.”  “Orange and scuba!”   Cash stares at the audience for two minutes then, “Logan, you’re playing first.”

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Best showing vs. the Orioles by a –maier since Jeffrey Maier.

Steven Souza – 0-for-3, 1 RBI and his first steal.  He had a crizzappy spring, and hasn’t looked great so far, but it’s two games and if he hits a home run this week, then who cares what he did in the spring?  I’d try to remain patient for a few with Souza.

J.J. Hardy – Will take dry swings on Wednesday.  The Orioles Pool Boy said, “I guess I’m wasting my time!”

Wei-Yin Chen – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER vs. the Rays.  On one hand, he looked awful.  On the other hand, he gave way to Gausman faster.  On the third hand that is actually a foot in disguise, Gausman didn’t look much better (2 1/3 IP, 2 ER).

Steve Pearce – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Who stuck a needle in this guy’s butt?

Justin Verlander – Unlikely to pitch Sunday.  That makes two of us!

Rubby de la Rosa – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Johnny Gill would say you Rubby’d me the wrong way.

David Peralta – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Rudy did a batty call on this guy yesterday, so I can only assume the Hitter-Tron liked it just as it likes brushing its metal nether regions up against a stove.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, which was my batty call.  Get it, Lamb, get it!  Baaaaah!

Matt Cain – Hit the DL with a flexor tendon strain.  Oddly enough, his tendon had written on it, Property of Bumgarner.  “Madison, you up to no good in there?”  That’s Bochy seeing Bumgarner walk out of Cain’s room late one night.  “Ow!”  That’s Bochy bumping his head into the moon.  Yusmeiro Petit could move into the rotation shortly.  It depends on whether or not Peavy can go this Sunday.  Right now, Vogelsong is the first man into the Giants’ rotation.  Oh, and Vogelsong isn’t an advisable start anywhere, after giving up 7 ER in 4 2/3 IP.

Buster Posey – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer in the 1st inning.  Buster Posey got the jump on Rubby.  That sounds like every high school dream I ever had.

Brandon Belt – Strained his groin on a foul pop-up.  Been there, done that!  Belt could be headed for the DL, which seems like par for the course with him.  Sorry, that’s below the Belt.  Literally.

Kevin Correia – Signed a minor league deal with the Giants.  Be interesting to see how well they accept Correia in San Fran’s Chinatown.

Jenrry Mejia – MRI showed no structural damage in his elbow, just inflammation, but he still went to the DL.  Jeurys Familia will be the temp temp closer because Terry Collins likes his stuff and players with names that look like they were spelled by a cat walking across a keyboard.

Cody Ross – Signed with the A’s.  Such an A’s move.  The Diamondbacks released him, ate almost ten million dollars of his contract and the A’s pay him in Samoa Girl Scout cookies and get an MVP year from him.  Or so probably.

Jesse Hahn – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Rangers.  Well, it wasn’t beautiful, especially when I see he gave up three runs and I can’t for the life of me figure how that Rangers lineup scored that many, but I’d give Hahn a few more starts.

Colby Lewis – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  That sound you hear is the .002% of fantasy owners who have Colby.  Okay, open your window.  Now you hear them?

James Paxton – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Got a bunch of questions yesterday about whether to start Paxton.  Why own a guy if you’re not starting him?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.  Latos’s owners, no need to answer either.  I hear ya.

David Freese – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Is it me or when you see the Angels’ lineup of Pujols, Freese, you think of a cold toilet?  Maybe it’s me.

C.J. Wilson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Mariners.  The M’s sure have a way of signing players to big deals and then watching them do nothing.  Maybe the M’s might think about signing some guys to one-year deals.  Cust kayin’.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Tyson Ross 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The game started a half-hour late in Dodgers Stadium due to rain.  You can imagine how odd the Dodgers fans felt when they showed up and it was only the first inning.

Chris Hatcher – 0 IP, 2 ER (and 2 unearned).  How’s that closer doing you, clean-lipper skipper?  As I said yesterday, I wouldn’t drop Joel Peralta yet if you’re looking to vulture saves for the Dodgers.  Is Peralta good?  Aw, hecks no, but neither is Hatcher.

Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I think I’ve said this in previous years but it always seems like older players come out of the gate hot and then cool off as they start to tire in the middle of the summer.  I wonder what the OPS is for players over the age of 30 prior to June 1st is compared to after June 1st.  That’s your cue, do some research for me.

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, and a one game hitting streak, which is tied for second best in the league.

Ryan Braun – Didn’t play yesterday.  He will be out either a couple of days or a couple of days while struggling with the injury for two months.

Jean Segura – 1-for-2, 1 run and stayed in the game after being hit in the head by a pitch.  He likely figured it was safer on the field than near Braun on the bench, checking out bats.

Matt Garza – 5 IP, 4 ER vs. Rockies in Miller Park.  Crappy beverages make for great offensive stadiums.  Padres should sell their stadium’s naming rights to Zima.  It’s what half their fans drink anyway.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Listen, Cougs, I’m tired, but if you really want some, you’ll let me call you Nolan.

DJ LeMahieu – 2-for-4, a steal and his 2nd game in a row with two hits.  I’d say hot schmotato, but I’d own anyone facing the Brewers right now.

Jordan Lyles – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I’m currently reading Six Days of War by Michael Oren, so I might be biased, but I wouldn’t trust Jordan.

Nick Hundley – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  In related news, Wilin Rosario texted Walt Weiss’s daughter, “We have to stop talking.  Ur dad’s killing my kareer.” (Sic)

  1. kisses says:
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    It’s only two games, but not really digging Scooter batting so low in the lineup. Would you rather Travis and/or Lamb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kisses: Travis is batting low too, Lamb isn’t batting vs. lefties

  2. the swinging says:
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    Did u watch the dodgers game?

    Hatcher got beat by ground balls, a bunt, an erroneous throw and his infield being in because of a tie game.

    Bad results but his stuff looked fine, again every hit allowed was a ground ball.

    Mattingly is so bad. He used 6 RP after Grienke left the game up 2-1 after 6 innings. He mishandled the 7th by over managing and cost them the lead. (Rollins had a egregious error also in the 7th)

    But yea I agree this could open the door for peralta because mattingly sucks. Good thing he retired so the yankees could start their dynasty in the 90s. Thanks, Don, you huge mush.

    • JoeC says:
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      @the swinging: Mattingly is horrible at his job. I think all of Mattingly’s baseball knowledge was in the mustache he shaved off.

      You’d think the Dodgers management would want someone slightly more competent driving their half-billion dollar jalopy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the swinging: I don’t watch the Dodgers b/c it’s blacked out… Irony of buying MLB package… I watch everything but home teams

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Grey: You should look in to getting something like unblock-us, which is a DNS changer. Allows you to get around the local blackouts (and also watchother countries netflix!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Hola for Netflix in other countries… It’s whatever on Angels and Dodgers, I watch them occasionally on Fox

  3. pillowbiter says:
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    Drop EY Jr or Michael Taylor for Andrew Miller. 5th OF spot placeholder until Rusney arrival.
    Thanks.

  4. Robert says:
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    When your rankings first came out the ones I thought were off were Cargo and Latos. So far Cargo has been good, wish I had more Rockies hitters. Only have Corey Dickerson in 2 of 3 leagues in. I liked Matt Kemp of the 3 talented (own in one league) always injuried outfielders of Ryan Braun and Cargo. Glad you were also one of the few guys who said you probably wouldn’t roster Ryan Braun again. Well done, always entertaining.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Thanks! It’s early, CarGo could still get hurt

  5. J-FOH says:
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    EYJ got a rubibager

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: a run a rbi and a bag….Sorry, I was drinking at the bar when I wrote that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, gotcha

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @J-FOH: Stole a Baga? Drunken Rutabaga? I love it when EYJ rubs my Baga?

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    You killed with the write-up, man! Murder dem!!! No need to write, drops mic! I forgot all my comments I was going to make and all my snide remarks. This is silver slugger / gold glove material.

    Remembered one thing. Toronto fans have a love affair with guys named Devon on their roster.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Will says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hahahaha. I was at the Montreal games, and I was like “I wonder if this DEV-on kid is any good” and then they announced him as “Dev-ON Travis” and I was like “OH HE PRONOUNCES IS LIKE DEVON WHITE? this is my new favourite blue jay.”

  7. Malicious Phenom says:
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    I am sending this THANK YOU card to one Door Mat Craptos, for putting up a MINUS 11 last night for the team I am playing against this week in my H2H league!!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Woohoo! Daily MP H2H updates startin’ early this year. Getcha popcorn ready folks!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Ha

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Cram It: Cram, My #1 fan ! lol

      • Seabass says:
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        @Cram It: I don’t know who’s worse, MP or the guy above him.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Seabass: lawl

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Fungazi: Hah!

  8. Greyismyhero says:
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    Classic MF Grey right here 4 ladies and gents…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Nolan Arenado – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Listen, Cougs, I’m tired, but if you really want some, you’ll let me call you Nolan.

  9. Swfcdan says:
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    Think theres a chance Cishek has lost his shizz early on, werth a spec add on Ramos?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Swfcdan: He was fine this spring. Just a hiccup.

  10. Wombat says:
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    In one league I had Latos, Cishek and Hatcher going. Shoot me now

    • JoeC says:
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      @Wombat: Seems unnecessary to shoot you, as it looks like your team already took care of that business with that drive-by.

      Brutal!

      • Wombat says:
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        @JoeC: good point!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Wombat: lolol. Hey, those three actually improved my team ERA from Lohse’s start!!

      • Wombat says:
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        @Yescheese: I suppose things can only get better

  11. Jordan73 says:
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    Dropping CudD’yer Mak’er for Travis Snider – agree or disagree? Better lineup, better park, better health all in Snider’s favor is the way I see it.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Jordan73: Do you have anyone else to drop? Snider is still a bit of a flyer. Maybe a RP or your worst/lowest upside SP? Or do I think too highly of Cuddy…?

      • Jordan73 says:
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        @bigbear: No, Cuddyer’s my most likely drop. If he could stay healthy, he might put up 20 HRs and and hit .285, but dude’s 36 and is made of glass. Snider’s 27 and looks like he could post good numbers with a full-time job in the heart of the O’s order. Even projecting a full season for both, Snider seems like he would have the edge on the counting stats because of the lineup. But I could be wrong.

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          @Jordan73: Snider will have to continue to producing. Buck is notorious for playing match ups. And they have a few OF on the team. And a couple in the minors. Though Snider is as good as any defensively from what I hear.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jordan73: I don’t mind dropping Cuddyer

  12. JoeC says:
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    I ignored the warning signs on Latos (although I didn’t catch Rudy’s article on him until *after* I drafted Fatlos). Shame on me. Dropped him quicker than Tyson dropped Spinks.

    Picked up Fettuccine Alfredo Simon (note: delicious!). Yeah, meh K-rate, but he’s a WHIP monster and on a good team (unlike his brother from another mother, Henderson Alvarez).

    Look at me chasing Wins! I should have my fantasy baseball license suspended. Stop me before I transact again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Ha, nice

  13. musky smell says:
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    yikes….so is Mat Latos droppable at this point?
    (12 team, mixed, roto)

      • I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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        @Grey:
        For McCarthy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair

  14. Uncle Red says:
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    Guys, how legit is Lamb? I’m contemplating dropping Odor, Andrew Miller or Miley for him. Don’t necessarily start any of them.
    .
    12 team H2H OPS League

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Uncle Red: Lamb isn’t playing every day, can you platoon him? I would drop Miley though

      • Uncle Red says:
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        @Grey: It’s unfortunately a weekly lineup. Snider probably a better pickup, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  15. Blint says:
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    Still laughing over yesterdays – I learned to spell your name for THIS?? :D

    Can you please do holds league article once or twice a month? So many relievers emerge I don’t know if I shud keep the ones I have or pick up new guys with better K rate ( but then can I trust these new guys)

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Blint: Smokey does.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blint: Thanks! Yes, Smokey

  16. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Weekly FABb in a fifteen teamer and my second and third basemen are weak.

    Grilli has been going around 35/100. If I went all in and picked him up to flip for an upgrade at$35, what type player tier/ ranking would justify the price???

  17. Cheese says:
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    Ah, yes. A Jack Cust sighting. The season has officially begun.

  18. Jay says:
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    Thoughts on Snider? He hit 3rd last night and looked good at the plate drawing 3 walks and had an RBI single. Maybe something finally clicked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Maybe, bit early to say

  19. Fungazi says:
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    You missed a guy, Morneau – left the game after being hit in the head from a throw from Segura who was trying to keep the head shots even.

    • HolyGhostClaw says:
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      @Fungazi:

      Not nitpicking, just clarifiying since I watched a lot of this game hoping for Dickerson and Arenado to go nuts again. But I did see this play.

      Morneau was giving the stop sign as he rounded third, but while sliding back to the bag he was nailed on the right side of his neck. And to make matters worse, he uppercut from the ground right to his chin while diving back to the bag as well.

      He’ll probably be on the DDL™ (Day to Day List – did I just make that up?!?! Yes!!), but who knows. Hopefuly , this doesn’t aggrevate his tempermental neck.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @HolyGhostClaw: He does have the history of head problems, which is why they said he was taken out for precautionary reasons. Might be back out tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I did miss that, sounds Morneau-ish

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: If it’s a neck thing we’ll see him in a year and a half.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  20. SoCG says:
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    Great job as always.

    I know it’s early, but I’m starting to worry about Gyorko. He’s batting too low in the lineup, maybe.

    Who is your favorite backup plan? Hill, Travis, or Panik?

    • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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      @SoCG: He’s batting low because of last year. If he starts to return to form he will move up accordingly. I wouldn’t own him in anything smaller than a 12team, and even that is stretching it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SoCG: Travis, though he’s batting low too

  21. Buffalo RUnner says:
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    should i trade chris davis for c.kimbrel?

      • Buffalo Runner says:
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        @J-FOH:

        yes. and i pulled the trigger.

        my remaining top hitters are. posey, abreu, longorio, harper, ortiz.

  22. TarmanGotHim says:
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    2 days in and everyone’s already writing players off. It’s a little odd. I, as a Marlins fan, admit they look terrible the first two games, and Latos looked horrible, but I think they’ll right ship. They looked healthy and good in ST. I think Latos will turn it around. Not saying he’s a nunber 1, but he’s serviceable. But boy have I gotten off to the worst start in years for fantasy purposes.

    Yet, people always have and always will bash anything that touches the Marlins (less GC, J-Fer, and undervalued Yelich)

    Anyhow… Would you drop Zunino for Vogt? They both bat around the same in their rrespective lineups and Vogt looks like a solid top 10 Catcher from last season and is now full time.

    • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: I’m in the same position. I decided to hold Zunino for upside. Not a huge difference between the two and I feel Zunino has a higher ceiling.

      – 2 cents

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      @TarmanGotHim: I too am a fan since day 1 AND have Latos. Funny thing is many of my friends were Braves fans as they had spring in WPB prior to their move north and a few of those guys stayed Braves fans. So needless to say I have been getting a few text messages from those pricks. The team seems to just be putting too much pressure on themselves early. For Latos and Morse I keep hearing about how they both were at the first Marlins game ever and now playing for them. Seems they are pressing.

      The best thing Latos did for my team was make me forget I was upset at Samardzija. Fugly

    • JoeC says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: I don’t know. I think there may be something fundamentally wrong with Latos. Look at those pitches that were hit: straight as a line of coke and fat as Kirstie Alley.

      Hard to see that getting better.

      • UL's Toothpick says:
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        @JoeC:

        Made me laugh

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @JoeC: Those pitches were horrific. I’d have to agree. I really do like Phelps in the bullpen as a potential starter in the NL. I also think and said the Marlins should add one more legit arm. Like a 2 or 3. Once they get J Fer back, they’ll be so much better depending on time after TJ. But I still think they’re one SP away from a huge contender. But hey, if you remember the ’97 and ’03 Marlins, if that’s any indication. They could be for real.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: I like David Phelps too… I like the two days and writing players off rant then asking to drop a catcher… Ha… I’d hold Zunino

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Grey: Grey, I had to throw that in there. I knew you’d like that. I have to say, Razzball amongst other don’t seem to show my Marlins too much love, so since a loyal fan since ’93, I GOT to show some love Ya know.

        ANYHOW!!! Thanks for advice my friend. Razzball never does me wrong!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @TarmanGotHim: @Grey: IOh, and I went against all the rules, rant, rant, Catcher question. You know me. I ain’t no ammeteur. Lol

  23. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly H2H 9×9 cats league, pick 2 bench bats: Lamb, Valbuena (2B/3B), Mercer, Rasmus.

    With Saunders on DL, Rasmus is my only bench OF. I’m weaker at MI (Schoop) than CI (Pujols, with Crush at Util), and have an injury-prone SS (Hanley).

  24. TheODG says:
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    Can we talk about Pollock sitting against LH Voglesong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheODG: Great avatar! Yeah, sucks on Pollock, hopefully it won’t last

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: Vog is a righty.

  25. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Asked a similar question yesterday where I was tryng to get wood for tanaka and avisail or Hughes and boxburger for tanaka. Instead I was counter offered Hughes and boxburger for my tanaka and avisail. Should I take it? My league counts saves and holds. Avisail is one of my two bench batters along with Pearce. Thanks in advance.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @G: I think you could do better…if thats the best offer id hold tanaka for another start and hope he pitches well so you can get a better deal

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @G: agree with F

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I’d take Hughes

  26. papasmurf says:
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    Luckily I am latos intolerant so he’s no where near my roster thank jaysus smurf. Hatcher did a hatchet job I suppose.

    Every HR Pearce hits is another smack in my face. I don’t think the fantasy gods will ever let me forget this blunder. I had my mind on Pearce all along but inexplicably switched to Hosmer last second in the draft.

    Hosmer and Lawrie are really two of the more remarkable busts in recent memory. Both came up looking great, and peaked right away and both have withered to nothing since.

    • Grey

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      @papasmurf: I hope it’s still early on Hosmer and Lawrie as I own shares of them

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: They both have pedigree and age on their side, but there’s nothing encouraging about what they’ve done at the plate lately. (Spring training doesn’t count)

        I mean Lawrie 4 Ks on 12 pitches; Hosmer 1 K, 3 ground outs and bloop single barely out of the infield. Kinda exemplifies what both players are about.

        Maybe they can look forward to Steve Pearce for inspiration and wait 6 years to break out…

        • Grey

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          Ha, yup

  27. ichirosan says:
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    I had Latos starting in two of my three RCL teams :/

  28. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey,

    Lawrie struck out FOUR TIMES…on TWELVE PITCHES!!

    Isn’t that some kind of record? Wonder if Elias Sports Bureau has ever seen that.

    Here is a blurb for you from ESPN:

    [Brett] Lawrie was awful on Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on a grand total of 12 pitches.

    Spin:
    After a first pitch fastball in his first at-bat, Lawrie saw 11 consecutive breaking balls and he mixed in watching some of them while flailing at others. This was not the start Lawrie hoped for in his new digs, but it was likely just one of those nights and he will look to get untracked on Wednesday.

    • @Hieronymous Lohse:

      I’d say he’s already untracked. Fun fact – he took the golden sombrero with 4 K’s, and he saw just 12 pitches. I’ve never seen that outside of a bugs bunny cartoon.

      • Turk Wendell says:
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        @Lucky Dog:
        4 Ks on 12 pitches = Platinum Sombrero?

        • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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          @Turk Wendell: Turk, No, it’s still considered Golden. Platinum is five and is a real thing.

          But, man – WHAT a golden sombrero! :)

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: He hit two homers in the same day in one of the last ST games…he’s in there somewhere. He’s just trying too hard. Those AB were fugly yesterday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  29. bigbear says:
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    Damn you Jeffrey Maier!

  30. Sean Penn says:
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    Michael Oren? You went the full egghead.

  31. Relsh says:
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    Grey comin outta the gate hot like sauce. Great stuff so far. Definitely agree with the Gonzo analysis, when the Yankees were baseball’s Space Cowboys in 2013 they crushed it for the first half and then one by one broke down and fell apart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Relsh: Thanks! And yup

  32. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    Pujols Freese. So god damn funny.

  33. Natty Boh says:
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    Jeffrey Maier…..the pain still lingers.

  34. Charles says:
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    Brett Lawrie’s 0-4 with 4Ks really blows for my OBP and Ks league…. In that format, would you rather have Lawrie, Phillips, Micah or Travis at 2B?

  35. Charles says:
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    DFSbot still has Hammel starting for the Cubs, instead of Arrieta. Any idea what time that will be updated? Games start in a few hours.

    • Random Dude says:
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      @Charles: Should be Arrieta but the weather isn’t looking too good. I wouldn’t be surprised if this got postponed again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: You should comment on DFSbot, Rudy handles updates to that and will change it if it’s wrong…

    • This got changed probably around 9AM EST. Caused by yesterday’s rainout.

  36. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey thanks for your article as always

    I have King, Greinke, Cole, Iwakuma on hand, and for some reason someone drops Samardzija t waiver.

    Is it worthy to use waiver 1 to grab him? (5×5 QS 10-team league) thoughts appreciated.

    • @Wilson: I def would, he is a K machine, I think he would give you some amazing starters.

      • Wilson says:
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        Thanks

        I am planing to stay 4 starters on hand and stream 1-2 for regular
        But after grab Samardzjia… which one to drop or trade? Iwakuma?

        However, Samardzjia’s Win history… was really below average…
        Will he has better luck in White Sox? Hope so…

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        Samardzjia over Iwakuma?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  37. Gareth says:
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    Steve Pearce is already mocking all those people who thought “he was pretty old for this kind of breakout – is it real, and sustainable?”

    Meanwhile Jose Bautista shakes his head at such foolishness.

    • Brade says:
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      @Gareth: So true. Before the season in my keeper league, some dude offered me Pearce and Freese for Buehrle and C.J. Wilson. Yeeeah, I took it.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Gareth:
      Slow down speedboat
      As an owner of him last year
      he was prone to long stretches
      of Awfulness too

      • Fungazi says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Is that a Haiku?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  38. Scott says:
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    I know, right? I put Latos far down in my rankings yet still ended up with him in my autodraft league. Should’ve just put him on the no-draft list.

  39. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey quick question, which is the animal you sacrifice to raise your team OPS? It’s sitting at .530 right now so I figure I’ve gotta kill something.

    Goat? Chicken? Bull? Does it even matter?

  40. scott steelers says:
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    Pollock sits Gane 2…. sweet. Someone dropped rios before monday. Should I drop pollock for him??

  41. ashtray says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 cats

    Drop any of Khris/LaRoche/Pearce for Snider?

  42. bigbear says:
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    Is there any better feeling than dropping someone (Latos), have a league mate burn a waiver claim, only to see that golden nugget turn in a steaming pile of poo?! Is there a glossary term for either that slimy/exuberant feeling or the scenario?

  43. Latos and Cishek hurt me worse then my opening day hangover yesterday. Looking for some early season love, I saw you said move on from Tomas, worth grabbing Lamb and dropping him for CI help?

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    I’m wanting to get a little dirty here, so here’s my staff:

    SP: Scherzer, Samardzjihad, G.Cole, Wood, Shoemaker, Archer, Hutchison, Hahn
    RP: Cishek, Papelbon, Reed, Cecil, Miller

    Would you dump Hahn for a streamer spot? I like the guy (have him in my 16 teamer, and not looking to drop him there), but with the available streaming/batty call options, he seems like a streamer himself until he shows something more.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      I’d stream

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: @Grey: thanks be to both of ya. Dropped him for Bauer for tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  45. de nachos says:
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    I liked what I saw from Paxton yesterday. His fastball mph is near-elite, gets a lot of swings and misses on the curve. His long sweeping release looks a little like Bumgarner but he’s more over the top and doesn’t have a slider. I’d expect his O-swing percentage to jump this year (<- attempt at stat nerding.)

    Hey who dropped Hundley for 0-4 Salty, this guy. Ow the catcher scab, it hurts.

  46. Stan says:
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    Mat Latos’ arm clouds up my pitching, I cant win at all.
    Even if I could I’d still ask Grey, who would you rather pick up now?

    Zach Mcalister or Yusmeiro Petit

    This is Stan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stan: McAllister

  47. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    I watched Hahn early and one of those runs was Prince Fielder juuuuust getting the end of the bat on a curveball before it hit the ground. Blooper right in front of Fuld who was playing deep in CF. That curveball Hahn’s got though….drool.

    Baaaaaa! Jake Lamb was my grab yesterday too. Might be a good carryover into today vs Chris Heston.

    I grabbed Petit all over in RCL land in case Heston implodes early and Petit gets the long relief call. 1.1 IP last night, not sure what he’d be available for today, but I always enjoy those free innings.

    • Cram It says:
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      Okay, @MattTruss: Yeah but did you watch Karns? ;)

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Haha, I sure did, yuck

        • Cram It says:
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          @MattTruss: Haha. Yuck first inning for sure. Wasn’t crazy about Cash putting the shift on for literally every batter. Thought a couple of those singles could have been outs otherwise. He settled down nicely though. And that last walk surrendered before he got yanked was absolutely strike 3 and the end of the inning. I’m definitely keeping an eye on him.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @MattTruss:

      No walks is encouraging but he didn’t seem to have a punch out pitch. As pretty as that curveball is, it’s a tough pitch to get called strikes. If the change continues to come around it’s pull the whole package together. He’s one of those tall right over the top guys. That fastball is going to come right down hill on hitters.

      • MattTruss

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        Definitely, he was pounding the zone and has some nice movement on his FB. Caused Rua to drill one right into the ground. Agree on the CB though, it’s a swing and miss pitch, not a called strike 3. The change coming around would do a lot for him. I like what I saw though, will be keeping close tabs on him.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @MattTruss: Get in DK

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Workin on it, been cramming for the Masters…yes, I’m a degenerate. But it’s a MILLION DOLLARS!

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @MattTruss: Yeah i dont blame you

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @MattTruss: The 2 out RBI single by Fielder was weak and the other 2-run inning against Hahn happened because a weak ground ball that would have been a double play became a base hit when the SS Semien vacated thevarea to cover 2nd base on a hit and run.

      Hahn looked good. So many groundballs induced.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MattTruss: Didn’t Petit pitch last night? Would be kinda crazy of them to pitch him more than an inning or two today

      • MattTruss

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        Thought of that, but they were stretching him out as a starter in ST in case Timmy was sidelined/sucked. Could treat yesterday as a bullpen session and let him go another inning or 2 today. We’ll see, I’m taking the shot.

  48. The Shelby Sensation says:
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    Grab Peralta over Mujica or Mejia?

      • The Shelby Sensation says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I know. Is he worth stashing? Will he have a job when he gets back?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @The Shelby Sensation: nah…by the time hes back parnell should be back…or familia could do so well that he sticks…id lose Mejia

  49. Derrick says:
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    Anyone else having problems with SON. I’ve paid for it but it’s not working for me today.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Derrick: I pay child support…Take my SON out all the time…and i still get an attitude…So yes i’m having a problem as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick: You should comment on SON, Rudy will help you

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: OK my bad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  50. Grey's Post Review Committee says:
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    An instant Grey classic already! Rave reviews are pouring in across the webisphere:

    “Better than my amazing Soup Can. Frame it and hang it in the Louvre!”, Andy Warhol
    “So good it made me want to sing again!”, Yoko OhNooooo
    “Damn you Grey!”, The Dakotas Residents
    “He just knocked my panties off! Oh wait….” Britney
    “That wit! That mustache! I’m going back to men!” Rosie O.
    “5 kecks!!!!”, Popeye
    “3 Hos for Grey!”, JGG

  51. Chris says:
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    Ok, I used fangraphs to get OPS for players last year.

    Players who are 31+ in age saw their OPS go down 55% of the time (11 of the 20 hitters)
    Players who are <31 in age saw their OPS go down 44% of the time (22 of the 50 hitters)

    Players who are 31+ in age saw their OPS go down at least 10% – 25% (5 of the 20 hithers)
    Players who are <31 in age saw their OPS go down at least 10% – 20% (10 of the 50 hitters)

    Players who are 31+ in age saw their OPS go up at least 10% – 20% (4 of the 20 hitters)
    Players who are <31 in age saw their OPS go up at least 10% – 20% (10 of the 50 hitters)

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: Interestingly enough, Adrian Gonzalez was the player over 30 who saw the biggest increase in OPS in the second half of the year last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: So I was right?

  52. Brian says:
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    When speculating for saves, please order the following:

    Jim Johnson, AJ Ramos, and Evan Marshall

    I’ve only room for two.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Get a bigger room! Kidding… Lose Johnson

  53. Da Bears says:
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    Hey Grey
    Is Brock Holt worth holding? In a 20 Team League and he is a Bench spot. Should I grab José Iglesias instead? Position need not a real factor…just trying to grab ‘potential’ from the Waiver Wire that looks like a wasteland in a 20-teamer. Thanks

      • Da Bears says:
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        @Grey: With pleasure! And I have Zunino in a couple pools. Do you recommend Voght at this point. I am aware of your rankings but a few others are high on Voght and wonder if you have a new opinion? Thanks sir Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold for now

  54. Dave F says:
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    Grey,

    My OF/Util situation is a mess. I’m in a league where you have to start a LF, CF, and RF. I also have a free util spot. Adam Jones is my CF but after that it’s a mess.

    Need to fill my LF/RF/Util spot today, here are my options:

    Choo (LF, RF)
    Avisail (RF)
    Khris Davis (LF)
    Arcia (RF)
    Chris Davis (Util)

    Which three guys would you be starting today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave F: It’s not a mess, it’s 2 days in… Avisail, Chris Davis, Khris

  55. Scott says:
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    Aw man. Got Cishek in another league. Sitting there looking at his ERA of 108 and WHIP of 12!

  56. Sterling Archer says:
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    Loved your giggles and cougar talk on the podcast. Can’t wait to hear it again.

  57. My smugness over my opponent streaming Latos quickly evaporated when Cishek came on.

    I knew what was going to happen.

    It’s what always happens when a manager inexplicably brings on a closer in an 8-2 loss.

    And then, naturally, it happened.

    Why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why do managers do that?!?!?!?!?!?

    It’s always the same result.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Bringing in a closer in an 8-2 game is almost as stupid as sliding into first base..

      • @Grey:
        I think a better term is “KFBPRITN”

        Which stands for “kicking fantasy baseball players right in the nuts.”

        Ok, maybe Kazaam! Is catchier. You win.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  58. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, 10×10, daily roto league
    My OF:
    OF G Stanton
    OF G Springer
    OF J Soler
    OF K Calhoun
    OF G Polanco
    DH A Eaton

    My starters are:
    SP S Strasburg
    SP T Ross
    SP G Cole
    SP A Wood
    SP M Shoemaker
    SP H Ryu DL
    SP F Liriano
    BN D Hutchinson
    BN J Paxton

    While waiting for Rendon I have Jace at 2nd.

    Would you trade Tyson Ross and Santiago Casilla (I can spare the closer) for Kipnis and Alex Gordon? Hellickson, Peavy, Petit, W Chen are available to replace Ross or I could get a Holds guy. Should I make the deal?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @doghat666: I think you need Ross more than Kipnis and you don’t need Gordon..

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @doghat666: Based on your team id hold

  59. ERad says:
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    So apparently Chip Hale wanted to award Ender Inciarte for having a good Spring, which was why AJ Pollock got a day off yesterday – that’s some messed up logic right there.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ERad: Hale is just another in a long line of HORRIBLE MGRS in baseball at the moment..

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        I disagree. I think Hale is going to be a very good manager. He was with the A’s for a long time. He’s paid his dues. Learned a lot from Melvin. He’s going to take an A’s like approach with getting guys in the game, using the whole roster. I mean AJ Pollock is a nice player, but it’s not like he sat Willie Mays. Inciarte is a young player with some talent. Don’t let your fantasy baseball lens distort the real on the field stuff. Diamondbacks made smart moves in aligning their infield defense. They’re going to use the 25 man roster and try to compete in a division where they probably have the least amount of talent.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: talking about real baseball decisions in here is like talking to a wall about the paint

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            What would one say to a wall about paint? I bet Wake will know.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: exactly….I was channeling my inner Wake when i wrote that. Well played

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: Yeah, that’s dumb

  60. Shawn says:
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    Should I drop Wilin Rosario for Stephen Vogt in my 12 team yahoo H2H league?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Shawn: Might as well, Weiss does not seem to like using Rosario very much…

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Shawn: come around more often. rosario’s been out as starter for about a month or so now.

  61. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Shoutout to my boy MH Lewis!! The Metal Hip Monster

  62. ryanoger says:
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    Should I drop Porcello or Paxton to pick up Smyly, or hold?

    Thanks Grey!
    Ryan

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ryanoger: Id Hold for now

  63. Frank White says:
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    Why is Rosario not playing?? stupid Yahoo hasn’t wrote a thing about him yet he’s not playing

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Frank White:

      Because he has no position. Rockettes have decided he can’t catch (kind of because he can’t). He’s going to get spot starts as a catcher and a little bit of 1st base. He’s also got brutal L/R and home/road splits. At home vs LHP he is Mays, Mantle and Aaron all rolled into one.

      • Frank White says:
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        Do I drop him?? I have no catcher

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pick up another catcher

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Frank White: come around more often, he’s not been a starter for at least a month now.

  64. Bombo Rivera says:
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    So, our RCL wasn’t set up correctly, and ESPN said they can’t change settings now. We still have the 1 DL slot and 200 GS limit. If by some miracle one of the teams in the league is in the running for overall champ, can we self-impose a 180 GS limit, or should we just abandon the league?

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Grey: He had one job. Argh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  65. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Latos owner hear. Thought I was getting decent value where I drafted him, but apparently not. Trying to pair him with Buchholz and trade him to a Red Sox fan in my league for G. Richards. If that doesn’t work, should I drop him for Jason Hammel?

    If Bobby Brown is the ace of the New Edition staff, is Johnny Gill the second starter followed by Bel, Biv Devo and Ralph Tresvant as the long reliever?

    • Lincecuminmypants says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: That should be “here” and nor “hear.” Ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Yeah, try to trade first then drop…. Who’s starting in that New Edition staff?

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: thanks. i assume it’s part of a broader early 90s hiphop fantasy league. Tough call whether to go with Montell Jordan or Spindarella in the second round. Leaning Montell.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Spinderella

  66. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Pax looked great last night, especially that K of Trout with runners on.

    Something tells me that I’m going to have the same infatuation with Daniel Norris if he looks good tomorrow @NYY. Everything I’ve read on him so far makes him sound like a lefty, bearded Salazar with better prospect pedigree.

  67. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT of THE DAY:

    New Jersey is home to the worlds first drive in movie theater

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: “Jersey!’

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: This is true

  68. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Man, Lawrie was 0-4 last night with 4 Ks on 12 pitches. That’s a golden sombrero with a side of sarape.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Now see this well documented above.

      Also, kind of cool to see Kimbrel introduce himself to Padres fans with a Kimbrel.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        C. Heston starting for the Giants???

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: Ha, should be better than cain

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @JeF With 1 F:

            Parting Diamondbacks like the Red Sea? Dispatching them like damn dirty apes?

  69. Bob says:
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    Is Braun worth trying to buy low on or is he just a walking DL spot? Guy who owns him is looking for pitching and I could offer up some for him. If you thought it was worth the gamble, would you offer up samardzjia for him?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bob: If you need offense i think its worth a shot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Agree with F, buy low though

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: what about something like alex wood/tyson ross and khris davis/AJ pollock? which ones, if any, would you offer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis or Pollock/Ross sounds fair

  70. Boomer19 says:
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    Do you see Petit getting a starting gig in San Francisco anytime soon? With Cain out maybe they are only one injury away? Or do you think he’ll be in the pen all year? Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Boomer19: I would think hell be starting at some point

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Boomer19:
      Bochy wants to keep Petit in the pen:

      Giants now could go with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston in the rotation for a while with both Peavy and Matt Cain (forearm) out. Yusmeiro Petit is also an option, but manager Bruce Bochy has indicated a preference to keep him in long relief.

      Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
      Apr 8 – 8:31 AM

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: In other words…he’ll be starting by next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: It’s a long season, he’ll start at some point, may not be in April

  71. Warren says:
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    re-read the link to Rudy’s concerns…I’m worried about Ross now, but I know you have him ranked pretty high. Are you nervous about him at all?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Warren: I am….Not

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Warren: No worries on April 8, wait and see what Ross does over his first few starts…

      • Warren says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: yeah, I’ll definitely hold for now, just curious if Grey saw the same issues with the heavy slider usage. Even if Ross looks sexy over the next few starts I might be willing to sell high with the injury risk for a struggling bat or something.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Warren: Yeah, I liked that article, I crossed off all those guys from my target players. Solid points.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: Yup, concerned about him too, threw a lot of sliders last year… Less concerned than on Teheran and Latos though

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: word. the kimbrel trade rendered my Benoit useless. Melancon owner is crushed with SP injuries and just offered Melancon for T Ross. Thoughts? Can only start 2 RPs, so having top guys tends to be helpful in this league format. Lots of good SPs still out on waivers. RPs on waivers: Cecil, Boxberger, Clippard, Grilli

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d just pick up Cecil

    • fwiw, my take on Ross is different than Latos. I don’t have faith Latos can be effective. With Ross, I don’t have faith he can make it the full year throwing 40% sliders. So with Ross, I’d pitch him until he breaks down or loses effectiveness b/c he dials down the sliders. FWIW, he ‘only’ used 30% sliders in his first start.

      • Warren says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: thanks Rudy and Grey. same guy has countered with Arrieta and Melancon for Hughes, Shoemaker, Fiers, and Hahn. In a shallow league I think I should pull the trigger on that one. Arrieta looked awesome today too

        • yes, I’d move on that. Arrieta and Melancon are the only 2 of those 6 that are strong bets not to hit shallow league waivers this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Arrieta

  72. poundsand says:
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    Roto 5×5
    How much would you put up for these SPs ($200 budget):
    Teheran
    Hughes

    Thanks

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @poundsand:

      I love the expression “go pound sand.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @poundsand: How many teams matter…. $11, $12-ish

  73. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Joint Of The Day

    The fifth grade was epic, city-wide test pressure
    The pre-crack era
    Mr. Schumer, what a prick
    Attitude match his wardrobe, uglier than sin
    This is Bed-Stuy eighty-two
    Ninth floor, three tiny rooms, one view
    Bucktown, Roosevelt House
    Their green grass is green, our green grass is brown
    Shots rang, my phone wasn’t touch tone
    Were heavy beef in the street, E.T. had to flee
    Great heavens, good grief
    Hungry bellies, bright gold on their teeth
    The windows on the ave look like sad eyes
    They fix their sharp gaze on you when you pass by
    And if you dare to stand, you can see ’em cry
    You can watch ’em scowl, feel ’em prowl
    While they’re steady sizing every inch about you
    Fast math measuring what you amount to
    The laughter, the screams
    The numeral, the song of songs, the book of dreams
    Ends don’t meet where the arms can’t reach
    Mean streets, even when it’s free it ain’t cheap
    On-going saga, terminal diagnosis
    Basic survival requires super heroics
    No space in the budget for a cape
    Assume you gotta fly by night to save the day
    Crash-landings routinely happen
    Some survive, others never rise from the ashes
    Watching asphalt and observing the Sabbath
    Creates an Ecstatic and there you have it
    From teenage love praying in tongue
    Strange fruit, bally boots and native drums
    From hence I come, so here we go
    Signs and wonders all along the road
    Some lies open, some lies closed
    Some stretchers roll with no lies at all
    Some riders don’t know what they ridin’ for
    Hands on the wheel and their mind is gone
    Wherever you ride, whatever your lane
    This road called life is a beautiful thing
    And we are alive in amazing times
    Delicate hearts, diabolical minds
    Revelations, hatred, love and war
    And more and more and more and more
    And more of less than ever before
    It’s just too much more for your mind to absorb
    It’s scary like hell, but there’s no doubt
    We can’t be alive in no time but NOW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: Not sure who that is, but love ‘ET had to flee’ — ha!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: care to fathom a guess?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nick the dick: Not sure either….MOS-DEF?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: ding ding ding

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would’ve never guessed Mos Def, don’t really know much of his stuff outside of Ms Fat Booty

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Hmm that’s suprising, he has some really good stuff. The album Ms. Fat Booty is on is teriffic. Couple other solid ones too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I have the album, just don’t think I ever gave it a real chance… Likely it came out when I was listening to something else and forgot about it

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @nick the dick: Really?…that was a shot in the dark

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: c’mon new season old shtick. I want some daily fantasy relevant rhymes. Up the game….up the game

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: challenge accepted, sir

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: how you liking the FCL or should I email you that question?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: It’s my favorite league by far. Hella active. Bunch of animals.

  74. Whew I didn’t start Latos in both leagues I had him.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Elijah: That’s why you’re the prophet, Elijah! Good job, man!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  75. Back In Black says:
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    Im sure you’ll get this one a lot, sorry. Need a 3b until Kris Bryant is called up, holding on A Rod now but do you think Lamb will play every day? If so, would you make that switch? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Back In Black: Lamb is sitting vs. lefties for now it seems

      • Back In Black says:
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        @Grey: Good info, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Back In Black: i dont understand why they do this… how will a young guy ever develop vs the same side (lefty for Lamb) if he doesnt get early and often exposure to that side of MLB pitching? maybe im simplifying too much but it seems like a terribly shortsighted practice.

  76. Milwaukee Sausage race says:
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    hey grey man!
    i know its early in the season but would you make any of the following changes for week 2?
    im locked for the rest of the week (h2h points / weekly lock league)

    at 2b I’m starting Brett lawrie (on my bench i have Odor)
    drop lawrie , or just roll with a combo of lawrie & odor?
    available options at 2b;
    jace peterson (SS/2B), brandon philips, arismendy alcantara, joe panik, jedd gyorko, scooter gennett, neil walker, howie kendrick, michah johnson.

    scenario 2-
    drop lawrie for steve pearce (eligible at 1b & OF)

    i could put pearce at IF which i currently have danny santana there
    my utility as of now is carlos santana, 1b is napoli.

    scenario 3, drop mat latos for one of these available pitchers;
    we start 6 pitchers (can be either SP or RP its up to owner how to manage the slots)

    heres my 6:

    max scherezer

    jeff samarjadza

    matt harvey

    jacob deGrom

    tijuan walker

    kendall graveman

    bench: latos, shoemaker, iwakuma

    here are available pitchers:

    kyle kendrick, cj wilson, dallas keuchel, colby lewis, bartolo colon, chris tillman, jason grilli, brett cecil, shelby miller, wade miley, jeureys familia.

    thanks grey man! keep up the superb work!

  77. LadyScorpio says:
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    I had Latos on 1 of the 2 teams I’m managing this year. I politely ditched his ash the day after the draft! Didn’t like his spring stats at all and was never too keen on him on him to begin with. He was my partner’s draft pick, not mine. Dumped him for Paxton. Hope he pans out!

    Thanks for the great article, Grey!

  78. MindiCohn says:
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    had my keeper auction last night…I don’t hate it…11 team 5×5…i’d consider it shallow league
    .curious on thoughts:

    C – Gomes $9
    1B – Fat Adams$11 / Hosmer $2
    2b – Micah Johnson $2 / Odor $2 – these are just placeholders until Rendon (kept $8) back
    3b – Machado $7(kept)
    SS – Hanley $32
    OF (start 3) – Stanton $63, Kemp $27, A.Jones $13 (kept)
    U (start 2) – pompey $1 and Gardner $1
    Minors – Seager $2

    P (start 8)- D.Hutchinson $4, Price $24 (kept), Kluber 13 kept, Arrieta 7 kept, G.Cole 10 kept, Papelboner 15, J.Nathan 1, Hawkins 1, C.Hatcher 1

    Minors C.Rodon 4

    I can pick up 3 more guys as I move Rendon to DL and rodon / seager to minors.

    thinking I need to add some SP depth – Duffy and Colon prob 2 best options avail…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks solid, but it is shallow so your work has just begun… I like the pitching a lot, but your keepers don’t hurt… Nice team overall

  79. nick the dick says:
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    I’m keeping Latos and throwing him vs the Braves again next week. I don’t get rattled that easily

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope it works out for ya

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @nick the dick: Im with you on that

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @nick the dick:

      Why do we say fastballs “sit at…?” Anyway, his sits at 89. Which is really more like squat. There are more red flags with Latos than you’ll see at a Chinese parade.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Jered Weaver is my spirit animal

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @nick the dick:

          Weaver at least has some deception to him. Latos without the velocity is cloudy with a good chance of meatballs

          • nick the dick says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Haha nice. Yeah I know this but I live life with reckless abandon

  80. Shawn says:
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    Should I drop Rosario for either M. Montero or D. Norris? Those are the best catchers available in my 12 team yahoo H2h league. Norris seems like a solid but not spectacular option. My team is loaded with HR hitters so I don’t necessarily need the power from Rosario. If anything my team could use the counting stats from Norris. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris

  81. Shawn says:
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    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  82. SallyCips says:
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    Souza is indeed making me nervous.

    That coupled with my bad reliever situation and inability to score Arenado has me sour this morning.

    Might send off my last closer, Britton, along with Sousa for Arrietta, and go all middle relievers for Holds. Punt saves altogether.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Arrieta

  83. Tom says:
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    Belt looks like he may go to DL or at least out for the rest of the week. I’m in a 10 team daily H2H w/OBP with a very tight matchup this week. My opponent already has 5 SB’s so I’m ignoring SB’s the rest of the week.

    Should I drop Belt for Lind tonight & stream hitters the rest of the week?

    Will Lind play tonight (v RHP Butler) or will Lucroy take his place?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind would start vs. a righty… I’d go to him

  84. joe says:
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    Soler for Wacha? I’m pretty infatuated with Wacha this year.. but do I even need pitching?
    I’ve got a pretty crowded OF, so I’m looking to shed some and his owner is looking for OF.
    My OF is J. Upton, Puig, Soler, Polanco, Martin, Myers

    SP are Cole, Shark, tillman, eovaldi, walker, richards

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @joe:

      Hard to tell from just those details. League settings? Will there be somebody who isn’t listed that has to fill the Soler spot? How are you positioned offensively?

      On the surface, to my eyes you could use Wacha. I am not a Samardzija fan this year. The other guys are solid with Walker and Richards having good upside.

      Guess on the flip side you lose Soler and you might lose a 30 HR bat. Polanco, Martin, Myers might not all step up their power. You’ll have to dig a little deeper to figure this one out.

  85. Big W says:
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    hahahahaha… “Too little, too Latos”

    Gold Jerry, Gold!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  86. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Dude. This is my Razzball fifteen minutes of fame: “Jeurys Familia will be the temp temp closer because Terry Collins likes his stuff and players with names that look like they were spelled by a cat walking across a keyboard.”

    Grey noticed me!!!! Wahoooooooo!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought I said that last year…Maybe I misremembered and it was you… If so, my bad, didn’t mean to rip you off… But now I can be the host of The Daily Show!

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Grey:

        I said it in a comment and you repeated it in a post and credited “a commenter.” I feel properly acknowledged.

        And , well, I heart you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Heart you more!

  87. Sportive Tricks says:
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    I other news. I’m having a tough time deciding who to start between Ozuna and Pearce. Pearce looks hot right now, but they kind of both give me the same gut feeling. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Pearce

  88. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Side Bar: You check out De La’s kickstarter for their new album? I threw down for the digital, but thought long an hard about a Pos USB stick, haha. Looks pretty cool though, they can pretty much do no wrong in my book.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have their email marked as unread in my inbox, been meaning to get over there

  89. theSeanDon says:
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    Grey, long time listener, first time caller..good stuff as always!

    H2h points 12-teamer question here..

    pick 2:

    CJ wilson, fredo simon, Burnett, Duffy, Nathan, Kyle Hendricks, Shane Greene, cc sabathia, colon, rodon

    Thank ya much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Greene and a streamer (All are kinda streamer right now)

  90. Fish says:
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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this isn’t really par for the course for Belt is it? His previous DL stints usually involve freak accidents where a ball hits him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  91. Jackie says:
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    Been offered Hughes for my Porcello. Pull the trigger no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  92. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Michael Taylor vs. DeGromm, Vogt vs. Detwiler or Arismendy vs. Lynn for my final Utility spot? 6×6 with OPS btw…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogt

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: thank you… appreciate it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t think Vogt will play. Phegley. Probably see the oh so anticipated debut of Mark Canha as well.

        Detwiler is a southpaw and all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, there ya go… Taylor then

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:

          Maybe try Alcantra. Lynn has bad: road splits, LHB splits, Wrigley history.

  93. Dickerson's Jock...Strap says:
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    Is Devon Travis worth a roster spot in 10 team roto including MI ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  94. Wilson says:
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    Start Sandoval (vs Harang) or Lamb (vs Heston) today? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval

  95. Goose! says:
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    How do you get Travis d’Arnaud’s name to work in the hitter tron? I am trying to get a list of my guys in there and I have Travis and when I type his full name it won’t output him, regardless of where in the chain he is

    IE:
    Yasmani Grandal|Albert Pujols|Kolten Wong|Todd Frazier|Danny Santana|Brett Lawrie|Lucas Duda|Mike Trout|Corey Dickerson|Matt Holliday|Lorenzo Cain|Juan Lagares|Jose Iglesias|Travis d’Arnaud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should comment on the Hitter-Tron, Rudy will answer you

      • Goose! says:
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        @Grey: K thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • HolyGhostClaw says:
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          @Grey: @Goose!:

          Try using the symbol to the left of the 1 key at the top of your keyboard, instead of the apostrophe key next to your “Enter” key. Or vice versa. I’ve noticed that the way apostrophes are entered sometimes throw lookups off.

  96. Swfcdan says:
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    Not sold on Xander breaking out yet who I have as my MI. Kang, J Ramirez, Ever-Cab, Flores, Phillips, Bad Miller or Hector Olivera as backup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sold due to 2 games?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: And away we go….I have him in my DK lineup tonight, so he’ll be good dont worry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Hopefully

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: We’ll see. Anyway who you like most of the above guys, I aint dropping Bogey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ramirez

  97. Aero says:
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    With Latos turning in to a pumpkin yesterday, I’d like to open up a streamer spot. Is Cain Sugar much above a batty call / hot schmotato roster worthy this year or is he expendable? I have some pretty serious OF depth (J Upton, Harper, A Jones, Avasial, Myers, Hamilton, Soler).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own Cain for now

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I hear you. Pitching staff is pretty shallow with that many OFs is the only reason I ask. I missed most of the spring training articles (including the one from Rudy) and didn’t see quite as many flags on Latos. Hopefully it’ll all work itself out quickly, likely with DL stints, ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  98. Bryan says:
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    Would u drop Zunino for Derrick Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Bryan:

      No

  99. LastPlace says:
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    Howany games does tuffy gosewhisch start at c in Arizona?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why? He’s not good

      • @Grey:

        He has zero business as a starting catcher, it’s kinda a joke really.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Grey:

        Deep NL only. Searching for ABs at C…@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who is your other option?

          • LastPlace says:
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            @Grey: laird? cruz? lobaton? maldanado? pacheco? ross? sanchez? pena?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take a flyer on Pacheco for now

              • LastPlace says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. will do!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  100. Great White North says:
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    Texiera or Vogt as a bench bat to fill in for Belt? I don’t want to drop Belt as of yet. I have no ass and my pants will fall down.

  101. Mr. Glass says:
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    would you drop segura for any of Pearce, Lamb, or Snider.. Segura is a bench SS and i could probably use a bench option at OF instead seeing how Braun will probably get hurt 3,456 times this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  102. J-FOH says:
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    Tomorrow is Thursday and Colby Rasmus has a game against a right hander…That is all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  103. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Let’s get Dannys Antana a batten’ avidge, shall we?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be nice

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Probably the guy I’m most nervous about having drafted.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He just needs to beat some balls into the ground

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: @Grey: I’m with you on that. Perhaps Wong could trouble the scorers too.

  104. Great White North says:
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    I dropped Weaver for a streame rlast night in an RCL and have no regrets as of yet. Latos was also dropped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  105. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I was going to complain on twitter about the turd Latos laid on my DFS lineup. I didn’t because I was nervous I’d feel the wrath of Dallas.

    Wonder if she ever dutch-ovens Mat and calls it the wrath of Dallas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  106. stynyr says:
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    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    sp: Kershaw, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller, Wily Peralta, Hammel, Latos, Fiers, Hutchison, Carlos Martinez
    rp-Britton, Storen, Hawkins
    dl-Smyly
    n/a-Syndegaard

    Should I pick up any of these guys to replace Latos?

    Trevor Cahill
    Bartolo Colon
    Brad Hand
    Archie Bradley
    Garza
    Roark
    Duffy
    Alfredo Simon
    Eovaldi
    Volquez
    Bud NorrisLohse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  107. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Grey, there is one spot left in the Razzball Framily Plan that SKY set up on DK…come over to the dark side and make tonight interesting for yourself

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t get sucked into that

  108. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Tigers are just plain scary on offense. If Castellanos steps up and Avila is greater than horrid, they are impossible to pitch to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And Iglesias, oofa

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I mean there are two in this inning, man on 3rd, nobody out and you’re looking at Kinsler, Cabrera, VMart, JDMart and Cespedes.

        27 Yankees were a tee ball team by comparison.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          27 Yanks never got to face Nolasco

  109. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, thoughts on Wong, drop him for D.Travis?
    Drop Ramos for Vogt?
    12 H2H points league
    thanks for your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • @Grey:

        Did you say hold your Wong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  110. Nolan Arenado says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Just wanted to say, first off, huge fan, Thank you for stalking me so much, it makes me feel appreciated.

    So I had a question about my 12T H2H squad. I am in talks to send Scherzer/Samarjia/Mujica/Khris Davis for Rizzo/Keuchel…thoughts? All 1B went off the board early, so I ended up with Frazier at 1B. I would move him to a UTIL to make room. My staff after the trade would be Tyson Ross, Fister, Kazmir, Hughes, Keuchel, Fiers, Smyly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Frazier is not bad at 1B

      • Nolan Arenado says:
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        @Grey: Interesting, so you would say hold off and keep the better staff? As of now, my UTIL spots are Big Papi and a Khris Davis/Avisail Garcia combo. Would it make a difference if he dropped Davis on his side? Thank you as always for helping everyone out!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For now, yeah

  111. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, wilson ramos or avila? set it and forget it or play catcher roulette?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  112. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who from jace peterson, tomas, gausman, volquez and c-mart to drop for familia, bradley and peralta/hatcher (im a kenley owner for what its werth).

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas, Gausman, Volquez

  113. Emily Bonerface says:
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    Love Six Days of War. Feel like Jordan could be a real sleeper this year in peace talks. Aaaaanyhow, my keeper league offense (12 teams, OPS, roto) sucks and I’m working on a trade to shore up my IF, where I’m running out Odor, Danny Santana and Jace. I love having Santana, for the sake of saying “Fuck Justin Bieber, Danny Santana” like the Lil B rap song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iba5WP5pGH0)

    Aaaaanyhow again, my question is regarding this trade:
    I give: Cobb ($9, must drop at end of year), Joc ($17, 2 years) and Ozuna ($15, 2 years) for Pedro Alvarez ($13, 1 year), McHugh ($10, 2 year) and Mookie ($15, 2 years).

    This way I can change my team name to Mookie Monster, but I’m scared Ozuna is gonna go 30/10 this season. What to do…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No spoilers! Kidding… Trade looks decent for you

      • Emily Bonerface says:
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        @Grey: No spoilers, but just don’t sleep on Sadat. Or the Ruskies. So many twists, so many crosses! Really, so many morons.

        if Pedro becomes Crash Davis at the same $13, does the trade become a no-brainer? Or still pretty half-brained?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pedro’s not getting there is my guess…

          • Emily Bonerface says:
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            @Grey: ah, sorry – I meant if my trade partner swaps in Davis for Pedro, does that swing the needle into no-brainer territory?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure what your partner’s lineup has to do with it… Sadat!

              • Emily Bonerface says:
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                @Grey: man, we’re communicating about as well as Netanyahu and Hezbollah!

                I’m trying to say that my trading partner might offer Chris Davis, instead of Pedro Alvarez, making the trade Cobb, Ozuna and Joc for Betts, McHugh and Davis (as opposed to Pedro).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! My bad… If only we were negotiating peace! I’d prefer Davis

                  • Emily Bonerface says:
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                    @Grey: namaste gracias!

  114. Nice once Gose. Team Geezer is actually prospering so far with the injection of SAGNOF. BTW twins OF defense a mess this game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  115. Jason says:
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    Is hand worth an add in my points league as a potential rp elidgabe sp down the road? Also, would you drop Leonys Martin (6th OF- start 3) for Brandon McCarthy? I could use some pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on Hand… Lose Leonys for McCarthy

  116. Crockett&Tubbs says:
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    Archer for Kenley in a points league?

    Current starters: Greinke, Wood!, Shoemaker, Hughes, Kennedy, Miller, Bradley
    Current relievers: Kimbrel, Casilla, Familia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  117. Ross says:
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    grey, would you keep salazar on your bench or drop him for bauer or norris? also, who would you like in your lineup the most: arismendy or cron?

    Thank you for the good advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer… Cron… No problem

  118. Hawkeye says:
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    Draft tonight for 10 team AL-only roto. Target Pearce or Lawrie for the CI spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  119. JoeC says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Lagares for De Aza. Seems like the worry about lack of playing time for De Aza can be pushed aside. Better home ball park and hitting at the top of the lineup and not buried like Lagares is… I think this is a no-brainer?

    Agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  120. Hal Incandenza says:
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    @Grey,

    Have checked out the show “the Returned” that you and a RC (razzball commentor) were discussing a few days back, and it has been a great find on Netflix. Thanks for the random stuff like this! I’m also checking out the Wilco documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Yeah, that show was amazing! Check out Spiral, another French show

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: @2qbn: While I wish the season had more than eight episodes, I imagine we agree that they are tightly written and conveyed. I think the wife and I have seen five or six episodes so far. Glad to see that season two will be released this year. Will look for Spiral as well; thanks!

        @2qbn We have Latos in common as well. Seemed a bargain at 124 in a 13 team 6 x 6. I hope you enjoyed your bargain upside the head as much as I did! Time and patience may change the mulberry leaf to silk, but too much fantasy patience turns clams to sh##.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Spiral is so good, seriously, might be better than The Returned

    • 2qbn says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: I have been watching The Returned with the wife and we are enjoying it. I like dark and bizarre likely the reasons I drafted Latos. Maybe Latos died last year and he doesn’t know it?

  121. Dave says:
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    I have two open DL slots in my 16-team league. Which of these guys do you think will provide the most value in the second half of the season? Griffin, Parker, Minor, or Moore? Or should I just put Crisp there? Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp

  122. Cram It says:
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    Hmm, not surprised Sky hasn’t shown his face today. Must be busy eating crow. Sky? Hiiiii Skyyyyy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What did you get him on?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: DK heads up last night. More for bragging rights than the 80 cents I netted from him. Or maybe not, depending on what kind of budget he’s on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Coffee in 1975 is on you tomorrow!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Cram It:

      What is he cramming, and where is he cramming it?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Cram It: How did Nate Karns do again? Can’t remember if he gave up 5 earned runs or 6. Can you check your team line again for me to confirm?

      • Kid A says:
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        @Sky:

        Karns is no Archduke Ferdinand, but he’ll have to do for this one.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, Cram got a pulled in infield RBI single out of Myers in the 9th vs LAD. Which turned into a steal/run to win our matchup. We had predicated it on Cram being all over Karns cuz he was the next great thing. I won the battle but lost the war, needless to say.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: Didn’t matter. I won with Nate Karns. You issued the challenge based on that, I accepted. You have as much reason to cry about Myers as I would have had about David Freese.

        I totally went to bed before that SD/LA game ended. What a glorious morning it was! I’ll accept a rematch any time.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I like how you said ‘with’ and not ‘because of’. Glad you’re not too delusional over your win to think you had made a stellar call last night. Rematch is being sent, my friend :)

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: Ha. No way. That’d be like that one commenter, I’ll never forget, who tried to rebut the Joe Mauer hate by saying “Well ‘so and so’ won my league and he owned Mauer.”

            I can’t use his performance to support my win in any way other than he allowed me to also use Posey. I’m still not backing off liking him going forward though!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah, actually last night the price on pitching was silly. Could’ve swung a lot of expensive bats into your LU and won; think I had one with Posey, Goldy, Tulo, and Stanton Trout. Not something you get to see very often as the season moves along and pricing on pitching goes up. Actually should’ve done to you what I won money with in the tourney: stacked Orioles!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sky: Ahahaha. Well, you didn’t! And you’re $1 poorer because of it.

                What games do you usually play? I haven’t done it in a while and forget what I liked. Triple Ups?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Pfft! Sky makes a $1 a week from Razzball alone!

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: HAHA. Are you hiring?! I clean floors real good.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How are you with hay, I work in a barn

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Quite a relief from the kinds of floors I’m mopping these days.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Then…You’re welcome!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  tourneys big and small, mostly: the razz group/moonshots/flares. I do a little H2H but need to play it more, honestly. It’s where the money is made over the long haul. I’m not huge on the multipliers, though the triple ups are alright.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Sky: Tourneys…like the ones you have to win tickets first (qualifiers) to get into? I was in one tourney (if we’re using the same definition) and I had to win a ticket first. Is there a DFS post about these different formats somewhere?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, there’s tourneys every day, some are just bigger than others. For example, there’s a $3 tourney called the “Moonshot”. They run it every day, just takes into account the day’s slate. Top prize is $10K. For today, there’s 23.8K signed up to play out of a possible 38.3K available slots to play. Very minimal % of money back vs the pool if it fills. Typically between 15-19% cash

                  • That Guy says:
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                    @Sky: Ah so you do the tourneys with 1000s of players. Gotcha. I never messed with those because the odds seemed so poor. But I’ll give one a shot. Thanks man!

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Sky: Doh, that was my buddy’s handle who used my pc for this last. Back to normal!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I always thought of you as ‘that guy’ personally.

  123. Skadoosh says:
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    Safe to drop Peavy with news that he’s headed to the DL? Best replacement among McAllister, Chase Anderson, Happ, Nelson? It’s a points league so starters go fast.

    Thanks for the great advice as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure… McAllister

  124. Rumpelsilkskin says:
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    This is like a crabby fraternity that doles out mediocrity whilst singing racist jingles on a joyous bus ride back from an internet fishing trip. No resistance can be found here, just a cheerleading school of fantasy baseball minnows tootin each other’s dirty starfish with every fishing post. I’m sure to receive some nasty fillets from a few bearded clams as soon as they’re done blowing grey’s billowy sax, but most of this is regurgitated fish flakes. Do your homework, read a box score, watch a game or two, get AT BAT, and grow some barnacles you filthy bilge water guppies.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You spent way too much time working on this to try and garner hate. This feels much more like a cry for help and acceptance. We love you for who you are, Rumpledforeskin.

      • Rumpelsilkskin says:
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        @Sky: I can almost feel your loving tentacles wrapping around me, thanks Sty.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          We don’t do Hentai around here; I just have really long, flexible arms.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: maybe he put in the time as an audition. There is quite the razziness in that rant.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Yep, that was funny. He’s already in. He just doesn’t know it yet.

          • Rumpelsilkskin says:
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            @Wake Up: This reminds me of the joke about the definition of indefinitely – when the front of my balls are slapping the back of your balls, then I’m in definitely.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Rumpelsilkskin:

      Oh, come give us a hug you rumpely little fella.

      *noogie noogie noogie*

    • Great White North says:
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      @Rumpelsilkskin: This made me laugh. Ditch the meds and smoke some weed. Or ditch the weed and smoke some meds. Just keep up with the virtuous vitriol.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Rumpelsilkskin: There is no point resisting here. If you see advice you think is poor, do what you want to. This is the Daily Show version of fantasy baseball news. It’s news, but we mostly come here for the yuks.

  125. paz says:
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    Dalton Pompey or Anthony Gose?

    I can afford benching Gose when he’s not starting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose

  126. Hondo says:
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    I somehow wound up with the Twinkies 1 and 2 hitters Dozier and Santana(I also have Kendrick and Zobrist) to fill 2B,SS and MI.Also have 2 UTIL spots.

    I’m going to start Kendrick until he gets hurt and Zobrist makes me feel all comfy with his multiness.I drafted Dozier too high to give up cheap.

    I’m thinking Sanatana isn’t going to be as good as last year anyway,would you take a chance on Iglesias?It spares me the agony of having 2 Twins(no pun meant) and I’d rather have the #9 hitter on a great team than the #1 on a turd team.I always thought of Iglesias as a glove only guy,but I never looked that close.

    • Hondo says:
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      @Hondo: 3 k’s for Santana and Dozier 0-3 and getting pinch hit for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold for now

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: I’d love to use the cold weather as an excuse for the poor showing, but it didn’t seem to affect Detroit today. Yikes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  127. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    So – the A’s just signed Cody Ross. That’s already with Crisp and Reddick on the DL and returning at some point.

    THAT means Billy Burns will probably get sent back to Triple-A.

    I just don’t understand this f*ckin’ game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse:

      The A’s have a fair number of OF or OF able players at the MLB level but they are very thin organizationally. What do they have to gain by keeping Burns at the MLB level? They’ve already got two light hitting guys who are both better defensively than Burns in Gentry and Fuld. Canha they can’t assign because of the Rule 5. Ross costs them nothing, is a bit of an upside lottery ticket and adds depth at a position where they are thin across the organization. That’s their modus operandi.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: I love when you make BASEBALL sense

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          The best fantasy players are baseball fans, my friend.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: I kinda hate baseball a lot of the time but I never disregard what they do and why they do it.

  128. Jonas says:
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    I saw someone say somewhere that they thought (this sentence sucks so far…) MIGUEL CASTRO was going to be next in line to close for Toronto.

    He apparently shut it down last night…so worth a flier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: Grazi

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  129. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points league

    OF is Brantley, Gordon, marte, Blackmon, with Harrison and Hanley eligible

    3b is Carlos Santana with Harrison.

    Drop Blackmon for Jake Lamb or too early?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold

  130. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Can we get the Cubs to scratch out a run for Arrieta?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d like to see them scratch the ball with a bat splinter at least. 8 Ks!

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        And there we go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: There it is!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Here I am!

  131. Abe Froman says:
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    Who do you like at the hot corner from the following? AL-only roto, 10 teams.

    Davis, Longoria, Sandoval, Seager.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  132. Jim says:
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    Grey
    Do you recommend dropping Latos in 12 teams mixed roto or should I put him on my bench and see what happens next start or 2?

    • Great White North says:
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      @Jim: The condition you describe is commonly referred to as Atrocious Halatosis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try to bench him

  133. Dan Rydell says:
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    Grey et al
    I’m in a 10, 27 man roster roto league. Somehow Alex Cobb and Jeff Samardzija are both on waivers after 2 days of baseball. Would love to replace Homer Bailey with Cobb in my DL spot. How should I value Samardzija? #51 in your top 400. Surely his value hasn’t changed too much but I’m having trouble dropping Drew Hutchison for him. Tell me I’m crazy and should make the move. Or drop a bench bat like Desmond Jennings for Samardzija.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dan Rydell: drop Jennings for Shark and replace Bailey with Cobb

      • Dan Rydell says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Jennings

      • Dan Rydell says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  134. nick the dick says:
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    Tiger Ticker Tease. Put up 11 and I get a 1-10 with no counting stats from Cespedes and Castellanos. Sheesh!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: I know right, I got a 2/0/6/0/.500 line from Miggy and Kinsler, where are my dongs?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: Oh you and your dongs. I woulda taken them ribbies. Or a run. Or anything.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: I was being a dick with my remark

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: I know, I just wanted to reiterate your love of dongs

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: and you don’t love dongs?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: Dongs love me. So do black women.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: that last part was not needed

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: I call it like it is and I love em right back. Black isn’t the new raycess term is it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

  135. Shoop da Whoop says:
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    Who’s the drop out of Fiers, Betances, or Miller to pick up/stash McGee on the DL and get Grilli? I assume since I’m speculating on closers here I should jettison one of the Yankees crew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betances

  136. Kid A says:
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    Nathan to the DL. Shocking.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Kid A: Grab Soria

      • Kid A says:
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        @Wake Up: I know you’re just absolutely fucking tickled.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Wake Up: As if he would be available in any respectable league :)

        • Kid A says:
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          @mauledbypandas:

          Keep it coming. I can take it.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Kid A: Well, the way Detroit is hitting there wont be many saves to be had

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Kid A: At least…you had…Cishek…alright, I’ll stop, I’ll stop

            *takes off bathrobe, opens numerous cans of tuna, rolls in it, takes stroll through the alley*

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: respectable is a matter of perspective…ok I’ll stop before I get someone mad

  137. Fastpitch says:
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    Nathan on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time

  138. TJ says:
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    What do you think about streaming Masterson against the Phillies tomorrow? Trust him enough against them? It’s for a 14 team H2H points league that has a lot of points for pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does the Stream-o-Nator say?

      • TJ says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t have a subscription and was never smart enough to know how to use the “Tron’s” properly. I just went in order from 1 to the bottom haha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @TJ:

      I’m starting him in the NFBC, FWIW

  139. nick the dick says:
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    Ah Soria was dropped yesterday and on waivers til tomorrow in my money league. I hate when I have the top waiver priority and a guy isn’t good enough to burn it on but someone else will. I’m trying to sagnof here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn!

  140. The Fridge says:
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    I have been offered Danny Santana for Pompey….take it, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  141. tone DEAF! says:
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    Anyone worth streaming tomorrow?

    Masterson @ PHI
    D. Norris @ Yankees
    Greene v MIN
    N. Martinez @ SafeCO

    thanks

    • tone DEAF! says:
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      @tone DEAF!:
      *N.Martinez @ O.co

      • nick the dick says:
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        @tone DEAF!: SON kinda likes Norris but hates most everyone. I’m throwing Norris everywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does the Stream-o-Nator say?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m going with the Greene tomorrow, MinnieHAHA looks f-ing awful and that run support is down right delish

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @Grey:
        Haven’t hooked up my subscription – Yet

  142. Tom says:
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    So….Soria or Familia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

  143. Del Griffith says:
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    Cubs struck out 23 times in two games. This year’s Krazy Braves?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They led the MLB in team K% last year. There’s really nothing new here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, they’re always gonna be a striking out club

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: 35 degrees and wearing mittens is not ideal either…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Making it work!

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Wake Up: Did you see what Soler was wearing? I think the announcer said it best when he said it looked like he was auditioning for the Blue Man Group

  144. Exactly says:
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    Points league: drop benoit for lamb? Have Castellanos at 3rd and Chapman, Feliz, Boxberger, Soria at RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Lamb

  145. knucks says:
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    Someone dropped Ryu in my 11 team roto… Worthy of a #2 waiver? I would be dropping Shane Greene or porcello and Throwing him on the DL to open up a spot to stream. Anyone against this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Porcello

  146. The Great Knoche says:
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    EYJ on the bench for Maybin tonight. I still think this is going to turn Paltooney Toons.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think the real loser in this entire situation will actually be Gomes and he’s gonna be on the wrong end of the split with EYJ

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Sky: That’s what I’m hopng. Maybin everyday in Center and Young/Gomes in left. But Kelly Johnson getting 2 starts out of the gate in left has me worried that there may be 2 platoons

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Could be but that would require Kelly Johnson to be good. It’ll come down to who’s hot and if they need EYJ at leadoff. I’m just not seeing Kelly nor Gomes hurting his value enough to move on given what he provides to the team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: What’s the love for Maybin all about? Isn’t Maybin a .230 hitter who can’t hit HR’s or steal consistently? There is a reason why SD let him go after giving him a very generous salary…He can’t possibly be a realistic answer for the Braves…right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Look at his 2012 season, and he’s not old

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: And he hasn’t had a healthy season since 2012.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True

  147. The Great Knoche says:
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    Platooney Tunes

  148. Jim says:
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    I have the option of picking up Haren or McAllister & dropping Latos…thoughts?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McAllister

  149. chisoxx22 says:
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    5×5 roto. Pick 2.. sandoval, kipnis, alex gordon, murphy and santana. Filling util spots dont need any one category. Nice write-up as usual grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Pablo, Kipnis

  150. Corey says:
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    Soria or Perkins?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Corey:

      Spider sense says Perkins doesn’t last all year. He’s had arm issues each of the last two seasons and in ST this year.

      • Corey says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: What if we were to small sample size it — say, the next two months? And say we’re chasing Saves and Ks?

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Corey:

          I’m going Soria. I’ll take Soria in the short term and the long term. Don’t trust Perkins.

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: soria is MUCH more injury prone than perkins, and he’s old. He’ll probably get more saves per game though, so if both play same amount of games soria is better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perkins

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. What about Perkins or Doolittle (when he returns)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s not returning for a month, ask me about him then

  151. herschel says:
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    Arenado batting clean up today. Oh my….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boing!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @herschel:

      Moved back to 5 hole. Morneau in the line up after all

  152. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I swear like 5 of Cole’s first 6 starts last year featured postponement, late starts or in game delays. Looks like the same thing again this year. Thunder and lightning. Very very frightening.

  153. Jim says:
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    Grey
    Who Do you like better for this season
    Zach Mcallister or Shane Greene? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene, it’s a coin flip

  154. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Odds Soria keeps the job? Trying to decide whether to use one of 20 annual moves in 10tm 11×9 H2H. Holds count as well. Have an open roster spot but have been conserving the move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 to 1 maybe

  155. PistolofPete says:
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    10 team H2H points

    Would you trade Santana and Rosenthal for Price? I can plug in Duda for Santana in the IF slot, and then just play Snyder or Lamb for the free utility slot.

    Santana has a projection of 750, Rosenthal another 700, and Price around 1300.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Price

  156. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h league…would you drop anyone to pick up Soria?

    My only bench bat is Duda and the rest of my offense is McCann/Ortiz/Kipnis/Donaldson/Desmond/Trout/Marte/Soler/Moss.

    I have 9 starters (Hamels, Arrieta, Carrasco, DeGrom, Wacha, Hutchinson, Paxton, Shoemaker, Kuechel) and 3 closers (Rondon, Casilla, Cecil)

    Hold or make a move? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Its a very nice yet frustrating feeling having no one to drop lol

        I know normally you can drop a bench bat but I know since its h2h, it carries more importance, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d hold Duda

  157. GhostTownSteve says:
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    @The Great Knoche:

    I don’t think either yet. But the weather report says 100% chance of rain at 7 so we’ll see. You never know. Maybe it’ll go around.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Weather report makes it look like about 1/2 hour into the game it’s going to pour. One of those fantastic 2 inning starts for Cole and then a 3 hour delay.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ugh, I hope not… Don’t want to bench him and overthink it… Or maybe I’m underthinking it

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Yeah this is a tough call. I’m locked in on a weekly. It looks like a very high likelihood of some delay at some point in this game.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ugh, I just started him… Eff me

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Just went delayed. Blech!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Better delayed than start and stop

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Grey: radar doesn’t look awful. Figure another 45 minutes or so in DC and Cincy and they should be Gold Jerry.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hope so!

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @Grey: Playing ball in Cincinnati!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

  158. Tom says:
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    I’m trying to pick up a hitter for the next 4 days (H2H Daily league OBP but no SB). Hittertron (which I think uses AVG and SB) has Beltran who plays 4 games at: $14.5, 16.3, 16.3, 30.6. Fowler only plays 3: $24.5, 26.3, 23.4. The totals are about the same but Beltran has some PT risk I think. I don’t have any bench hitters to fill in. Who do I pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  159. Skeezix says:
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    Good stuff Grey! I like my staff, but I’ve got some injuries to deal with meaning I may need to start Gausman next week. I like McHugh, but the guy who owns him wants Carrasco. Is it worth trading Carrasco if it can net me McHugh as well as someone like Smyly, Hammel or Odorizzi? My staff is as follows – we start 6 of them, and we are only allowed 5 waiver picks all year.

    Scherzer
    Price
    Carrasco
    Shoemaker
    Paxton
    Peavy
    Ryu
    Gausman
    Syndergaard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, do a cheaper trade

  160. SteveNZ says:
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    One hopes that Chris Davis is not starting as he means to go on.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: H2H team hitting a robust .197 this week.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yikes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Ignore me. Just some early-season annoyance.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  161. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Aaron Harang has been pretty baffling as a fantasy asset hasn’t he?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah

  162. KMDA007 says:
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    Grey, as always, great work. I have a trade question…
    My Arrieta and Brantley for his J-Up and Soler. My outfielders are Brantley, Dickerson, Arcia, Meyers, K Davis, Pederson, and Garcia….My SP’s are Cole, Ross, Hutchison, Shoemaker, Hahn, Paxton, and Arrieta.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @KMDA007: take that lickety split

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sounds fair

  163. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    if you had wong, gyorko, bogaerts as ss mi 2b, and somehow devon travis replaces martin hitting 2nd, would you consider dropping either wong or the jerk? do you see a way wong gets to hit higher than he is the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jerk

  164. nick the dick says:
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    What’s this Upton and Gyorko sitting shit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Effin annoying

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, Upton’s playing

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: I had the dreaded red exclamation point. Good tho, I dont see why he wouldnt be

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, happened to Devon Travis with the red exclamation mark too… But he was playing… Frickin ESPN

  165. joeg414 says:
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    Looking to pickup a bat or two for my bench ; deep mixed daily 6×6 roto. Gose, Joyce Smoak, Pillar , Kiermaier , Lagares and DeAza., Please pick two. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose, De Aza

  166. makerofshoes says:
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    would you be starting matt shoemaker and friers first week? it’s a week to week roto league, most k’s, qs’s, will win me a category, but 3 ratios could be hurt (baa, whip, era). so it’s a 2 category to 3 gamble

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • makerofshoes says:
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        @Grey: thanks, more players playing makes fantasy baseball more entertaining. always got that excuse to start them!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  167. Great White North says:
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    Drop Vot for Ginger-dick coming off the DL soon?

  168. WHODAT says:
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    I have 4 pitchers already on the DL. Would you pick up Volquez and dump Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  169. Jerry says:
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    Hey there, Grey! Which one of the following pitchers do you like the best for this year: Hammel, Quintana, McCarthy, Pomeranz or CJ Wilson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  170. Fungazi says:
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    Bettances in the 8th good thing for Miller owners?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not good for Betances

      • @Grey:

        He didn’t look good either.

  171. Norbs says:
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    Weekly 10 tm H2H. Drop Betances for which of the following:
    Soria, Gregerson, Familia, Clippard? (apologies if this was asked earlier)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson

  172. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league (keep 5), roto, 5×5.

    I’m looking for another starting pitcher.

    I have an offer of getting Henderson Alvarez for Jason Grilli. should I accept that or maybe use another closer like Hector Rondon and aim for a better pitcher?

    CA- Gomes. 1B- Moss. 2B- Valbuena. 3B- Machado. SS- Santana. IN- Morse.
    OF- Marte. OF- Pederson. OF- Eaton. OF- Snider. UT- Morales
    BN- Lagares, Flores, Marisnick, Gentry, Peralta, Jaso.
    DL- Rendon
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- AnSanchez. RP- Melancon. RP- Rondon.
    P- Grilli. P- Hatcher. P- Farquhar.
    BN- Latos, Morrow, Romo.
    DL- Ryu. DL- Morton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon for a better closer

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Grey:
        would it be good to give up Hector Rondon for Jacob DeGrom?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  173. FrankGrimes says:
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    oof Giles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unearned no?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        well there’s that but 3 BB
        couldn’t finish inning
        maybe still hurting

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Carrasco looking nasty tonight
        wish I had more shares

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, so nasty

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            are they gonna baby him this year?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly, but you never know… I grabbed him

  174. SteveNZ says:
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    Stellar work from the Jays bullpen there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, ugh

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Looked more like Beany than Cecil.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  175. What a meltdown for Toronto. And bring on Miller, that could one of the steals of the draft if he ends up the full time closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugly

    • the swinging says:
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      @Elijah: they will sign soriano. Take that to the bank.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @the swinging: might want to pay off beer bets before making new ones. this could get costly at some point, don’t get in too deep with the sharks.

  176. the swinging says:
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    Hello king! I am the FML closer specialist.

    There is zero chance brett cecil holds that closer job for very long at all.

    Add Rafa Soriano now… He will be the blue jay closer by next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: pretty sure I even advised one of ur readers to add Joakim soria yesterday when they asked u for advice. I nail the closers, not literally…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like they have a closer… Osuna is nasty

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: ya, I don’t hate that. He looked filthy. Only knock is He’s got 100 innings as a pro under his belt only and he’s maybe 21 years old. They need bullpen help.

      • @Grey:

        As they said on the broadcast, if he can maintain a semblence of control he’s the man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • the swinging says:
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          @Elijah: he’s 20, think it’s unlikely osuna becomes the full time closer, but maybe.

  177. Miller looking far and away better than Betances.

  178. SteveNZ says:
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    Jeez, coulda taken Dickerson ahead of Car-Go in the ol’ H2H…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Awwww – that evened it out.

  179. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Carrasco….weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel doggie

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Carrasco, Harvey, Arieta and Wacha on one team. Me like.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Carrasco on multiple teams… Likey a lot

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Drafted him for my sister too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So sexy!

  180. Gareth says:
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    Nice way to finish. 10th strikeout for Carrasco.

  181. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Nice clean save from Boxberger

  182. Jon says:
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    Boxberger over Cecil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  183. SteveNZ says:
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    On the team where I have Pujols, I also have Iwakuma and Shoemaker. I’m conflicted y’all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Hmmmm, not finding it quite so funny now.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Dude might as well be putting it on a tee for them.

  184. Gareth says:
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    Hagadone has a case of the yips. Hope he doesn’t blow it for Carrasco.

  185. Gareth says:
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    Argh Lonnie!!!!!!!!

    He’s truly a butcher at third.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t blow Carrasco’s start did he?

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Nope. He got a double play from Colby Cheesmus to get out of the jam.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Whew!

  186. nick the dick says:
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    Oh theres Upton alright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See?!

  187. Gareth says:
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    One pitch and a double play!

    Francona is a genius.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  188. Gareth says:
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    Marc Rzepczynski saved hagadone’s and chisenhall’s bacon.

    And now Aviles with a bomb to extend the lead.

    Cookie still in line for the win.

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Gareth: Is “Cookie” actually a thing?

      • Gareth says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: Yeah. It’s Carrasco’s nickname.

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @Gareth: Never heard that before.

          Go Cookie!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Cookie!

  189. FrankGrimes says:
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    how do you say F U in Japanese?

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      La-tos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they understand FU

  190. Gareth says:
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    I too am a Carrasco owner in the rcl. Hate owning indians (especially pitching) as I get doubly nervous.

  191. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you drop Cecil, Soria, or Miller for Grilli?

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • the swinging says:
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      @Wilsonian: cecil, rus martin (jays catcher) was literally shaking his head at how bad cecil wqs.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @the swinging:

        To be fair to Cecil he’s expecting to be the 9th inning guy. They bring him in for the 8th with bases loaded and nobody out and it’s raining ye olde sideways rain. Let’s not forget he was pretty damn good last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: done. Thanks. That’s the way I was leaning anyway. Not a huge fan of Cecil as it was.

  192. Gareth says:
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    Haha. The announcers were talking about Bret Lawrie’s 12 pitch Golden Sombrero last night.

    Would that be a platinum sombrero?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Gareth:

      Platinum is 5

      • Gareth says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Oh ok.

        How the A’s looking so far? I have Kazmir going tonight.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Gareth:

          A’s are laying in the weeds man. They are going to be tough. Love this A’s team.

  193. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Too early to drop Wilin Rosario in a 14 team dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends for who

      • Speedy McGreedy says:
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        @Grey: Jason Castro, Hundley, Navarro, Salty, Suzuki, Avila, Ruiz…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hundley

  194. Gareth says:
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    Carrasco for the win!

  195. Gareth says:
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    Indians pitching has alot of k’s in it this year. Especially if Salazar gets things figured out in AAA.

  196. SteveNZ says:
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    Ugh, Hawkins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t we say this was headed our way in the preseason?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Didn’t expect it to get here so quick.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Fingers crossed for a vulture win…

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @SteveNZ: Vulture Possibilities

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: look on the bright side. More Rockies ABs

    • Kid A says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Never trust the French.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: Touché.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: Really enjoying that my first win in the FCL comes from Hawkins.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Bunch of cheap hits. No hard contact. It happens.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        And there’s your vulture opp

  197. Gareth says:
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    Braves 3-0.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  198. makerofshoes says:
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    GGRRREY, admittedly dont know much about shoemaker. tracking the game on espn, see he only thros 88mph fastballs. what makes you like him? painting corners? hides the ball? i know he did well last year just dk how

  199. FrankGrimes says:
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    it’s miller time!

  200. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Miller! Whispers of his early demise are false!